Lots of us want, and often need, a structured way to learn guitar. How often do we flit from one shiny Youtube video or guitar magazine to the next?
Following a defined path can be a great way to achieve your goals and this lesson goes through the contents of the Trinity Acoustic Guitar Grade 3 syllabus. We’ll look at its objectives, the techniques, exercise and playthroughs of five accessible, lovely and varied pieces for you to practise and master. These pieces will help you to define your own playing level.
The pieces make for fantastic additional performance songs for your repertoire.
Grades run from 1 to 8 and we’ve chosen Grade 3 as a starting point for us; it’s the high-end of the beginners level and it’s absolutely relevant for electric guitar players as well.
You won’t need to purchase the formal materials from Trinity for this session but we recommend that you do consider buying the Trinity booklet for Grades 3 to 5 for Acoustic Guitar (approx £15 from Amazon); you’ll have great pieces (approx 30 pieces across grades 3 to 5 with 8 in grade 3 alone) you can find more information at: https://resources.trinitycollege.com/general-resources/acoustic-guitar-syllabus-2020-2023?hs_amp=true
You can take on grades as purely a methodical path for learning guitar; you can also go on to take the exams to push you on further – your choice.
We won’t be covering any material covered in Grades 1 and 2 – we might make reference to them but we’ll be focused on Grade 3 only.
What level are you at? This is a major adjvantage of joining in the session. If you can play some of the Grade 3 pieces then you’re probably at the right starting point (but you could be higher); if you can’t then you might need to go back a level.
Guitar Weekends is assessing how we might support anyone going down the Grades route. Come along, find out what’s covered, pick up a few tunes along the way and explore whether this could be for you.
High beginner, low intermediate and above.
Note: As mentioned earlier, if you’re serious about maybe going down the Grades path, we recommend that you purchase the formal materials from Trinity (available in multiple places e.g. Amazon).
Even with this being an extended session don’t expect to master everything during the session. The tutor will go through all the key parts, demonstrating them and discussing the associated techniques and know-how.
The real work is done by you afterwards. Armed with the materials you’ll have all the tools to work on things at your own pace.
When you book you’ll have two options:
1. You want to join the live Zoom session.
You’ll receive the joining instructions on the day. Being live, you’ll be able to put your own questions directly to the tutor during the session. Choose option 1, Lesson and materials.
2. Maybe you’d like to attend but can’t make it on this occasion?
You can buy the materials and receive them after the session (as described above). Choose option 2, Materials only.